CHANGES is a Community Health Project which promotes the positive wellbeing of people living in East Lothian.

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News and Updates

Funding Success

Thanks to our funders and supporters!

We are excited to announce news of recent funding success. We received £10,000 from the Local Authority’s Small Business Grant Scheme. This will support us to continue to provide a high-quality service to the East Lothian community during the COVID-19 crisis.

We have also recently received funding from the Community Wellbeing Fund, Supporting Communities Fund and Foundation Scotland’s Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund. In April 2020 we succesfully reached our funding target through Aviva Community Crowdfunding.

We are very grateful to our funders and supporters. The money raised will make a huge difference to the lives and wellbeing of those who are struggling at this time.

Our core funding comes from East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership. We are very grateful, not only for thier financial support, but also their approachable, encouraging and flexible approach.

Gentle Exercise on Zoom

We are excited to launch our Gentle Exercise Course on Zoom.

Starting Wednesday 29th July, 2020, at 1.45 pm (8 week course) 

The exercises during these sessions can be carried out either seated or standing.  You can work at your own pace and the sessions cater for people who are unable to take part in more strenuous classes.  The exercises are to music and the classes are run in a relaxed manner. The format for the classes will be 30 minutes of gentle exercise, then a short break followed by 15 minutes of gentle exercise (including gentle stretching and relaxation)

To sign up contact or call 0131 653 3977 between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday.

Healthy Living Project Volunteers Provide Telephone Support

Sad Girl Holding a Mobile Phone

Healthy Living Project Volunteers at CHANGES make a big impact by supporting community members to cope with the isolation of lockdown.

Healthy Living Project Volunteers at CHANGES were unable to continue with their support of the Buddy Walks, Nordic Walking, Feel Good Walks, Cycling and Singing for Fun sessions from the end of March 2020, due to the Covid 19 lockdown. Wishing to continue to offer support, the Volunteers retrained to offer weekly telephone calls to participants who could no longer attend these sessions.

We’re delighted that as lockdown eases that these activities will be up and running again, when it is safe to do so.  We’re currently able to restart the Buddy Walks and Cycling and whilst following Government Guidance, we’re working to reinstate our group sessions again, starting with the outdoor activities.  It’s a credit to the CHANGES Volunteers that they have been so willing to adapt to this crisis and offer alternative support, when it has been so very much needed!

COVID-19 Service Update

We are open and here to support you during these challenging times. Our staff team are currently working from home. You can contact CHANGES by email ( or telephone (0131 653 3977) between 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday.

We are offering 1-1 Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) by telephone or video call. We will be restarting groups and courses as soon as it is safe to do so and in line with the Scottish Government Guidance. Contact us to receive information about groups and courses as they restart.

Beat The Street

The Beat the Street competition took place from the 11th September to 23rd October 2019, and encouraged East Lothian residents to walk, cycle, run and scoot as far as possible for a chance to score and win prizes. More than 6,000 adults and children joined in the competition and together travelled 71,241 miles – the equivalent of nearly three times around the equator.

CHANGES was delighted to come first on the Charity Leaderboard for Beat the Street.  The winning score came from Volunteers, staff and participants nordic walking, walking, cycling and running.  We’re all delighted to have through being chosen as one of the Charities not only been motivated to be more active but to also win a donation to go towards the work of CHANGES.  Well done everyone who took part on behalf of the project!

CHANGES cyclists helped us ‘beat the street’

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